You like me! You really like me!

You like me!  You really like me!

Cue dramatic music…………and scene! YAY, I got another award! I might just have to keep up this blogging thing. It’s awesome on the ego! KM Weiland over at Wordplay has passed on the “Lova Ya” award to The Sweet Escape! The “Love Ya” Award states: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to other bloggers who must choose to pass it on and include this cleverly-written text into the body […]



GYWO: June 21

GYWO: June 21

Time for another edition of Get Your Words Out! Yeah I haven’t updated this count since May 1. Holy goodness. Good news is, I don’t think I’ve written much in the last six weeks, so it should be an easy one! At the end of April I surpassed my goal of 200,000 words. Uh, that was supposed to be Jan- Dec ya’ll. I’m wordy. So I increased my goal level to 300,000 and kept on truckin. So, now on……..June 21st, I am going to count everything I’ve written since May 1. Goal: 300,000 Previous Count:208,562 New Words: 41006 New Count: 249568 Words to go: 50432 I didn’t include a chapter […]



I’ve got to get a move on… and yet here I sit.

I’ve got to get a move on… and yet here I sit.

I mean, I don’t have to go anywhere. But I have ‘things’ to do: 1. I am two lessons behind on my Advanced Fiction Writing. Don’t want to let Mr Alcorn, my professor, down. Now that he knows where my blog is, I’ll just assume he’s reading it. :\ I’m also in the class with Becky and I sure can’t fall behind her. We’re in this together! 2. Chapter 19 is a hurking two parter to “All I Wanna Do” the longest story in the history of stories. Not really. It’s just long. I need to edit part one and post it for the “grabbyhands” at the Fiction Archive to […]



The Chosen One- [Review]

The Chosen One- [Review]

arol Lynch Williams presents a heart pounding, engaging novel about a girl growing up in a Polygamist community, under the watchful eye and controlling thumb of a God-like figure, The Prophet. The Chosen One seems ripped from recent headlines about the infiltration of these communities and rescues of children ordered to marry men more than twice their ages, bear children, and become one of several wives.



Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety

So, yesterday was a pretty easy day, at work. And when the day is easy, I try to pull out something I’m working on and give it a go, despite the fact that I can’t really write at work, due to the distractions. It was quiet, though,and the boss was gone and the atmosphere was perfect. PERFECT, I say. Except….it wasn’t. It was quiet, for sure. My thoughts were rolling around in my head, and I was reading and editing and then I wanted to explore a tangent and started to type and all I could hear was KLUNK KLUNK KLUNKETY KLUNK KLUNK KLUNK. My keyboard is SO LOUD. And […]



On Editing

On Editing

Transcript for #writechat 061409 I missed today’s  #writechat because I’ve been staying up until 1 or 2am writing and it finally just came crashing down on me this afternoon. Slept for hours and hours. And now I’ll be awake for hours and hours. Yikes. This happens every Sunday, and tomorrow I will be sleepy and cranky because I can’t sleep tonight. I would have loved to participate, because it was on editing, something that is the bane of my existence but it so necessary. My process is almost obsessive, but, reading through the chat, I find I’m not the only one. Lately, I’ve been trying to just write, write, write, […]



I’m in the mood….

I’m in the mood….

I don’t mean that the way it sounds. Sometimes when I’m going to do something that I sort of don’t want to do, I change the atmosphere so that it becomes inviting. A pile of papers to file? Turn on some music, set a timer, make it a game to see how many pages I can file in X amount of time. Got to unload the dishwasher, scrub the bathroom, fold laundry? I usually call up one of my yappy friends and let them talk to me so I’m distracted and I don’t realize I’m doing the things I didn’t feel like doing. When it comes to writing, it’s not […]



I got an award! \o/

I got an award! \o/

I’ve never had a blog long enough to get an award. ALRIGHT! My pal over at One Nerve Left gave me an award yesterday. I’m so proud! Thanks Lizz! In exchange for this FABULOUS award, I am supposed to award five blogs, and name five addictions. Holy……okay. 1. My Blackberry. Like Lizz, I love and adore this lil thing. I love it so much I sleep with it. Before I even have a second eye open, I check the Blackberry. First email is always my bank balance. Second email is…….whatever else comes overnight– emails from friends, blog comments, what have you.  I have several email accounts and they all roll […]



It’s officially SUMMER. \o/

It’s officially SUMMER. \o/

… when I hear this song. Will Smith, Summertime Here it is the groove slightly transformed,  just a bit of a break from the norm. Just a little somethin to break the monotony… Every year at the beginning of June, radio stations start BLASTING this song. There is nothing like cruising (or crawling) down the road with your windows or top down, your arms hanging over the side of the car, this song blaring from the speakers. Get a little head bob, a nod and a grin at the car next to you.. Ahhhhhh. SUMMER. Summer is my season. I just… love it. Anywhere, as long as it’s sunny. I live […]



Visions of Scene and Sequel dance through my head!

Visions of Scene and Sequel dance through my head!

Lesson #6– we’re halfway through! OMG!– focuses the class on the use of scene and sequel. The purpose of scene is to move the story along, and contains three elements: Goal, Conflict, and Disaster. The sequel is the followup– how your protagonist reacts to the scene: Emotion, Thought, Decision, Action. Every piece of fiction has scene and sequel and as our instructor points, out the best works have a great balance of the two. Our assignment for this lesson was to take a story or a scene and identify the elements of scene and sequel– are they included? Were they used welll?  Could the scene or sequel be beefed with […]